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    Why Do Politicians Get Armed Guards? 2nd Amendment

    This is something that I am curious about. I am pretty sure about most people's answers though.

    Why do politicians get armed security? People like the President are protected around the clock obviously, but what about other government officials who frequently have armed security? Congressmen, judges, and all of that? When they speak to the public they get protection? These questions are important to ask of those officials who want more gun control. Officials who would ask to be protected by men who carry guns that most of us would need a license to purchase right now (automatic weapons).

    This does not make sense to me. Our most basic right of self defense is asked to be taken away by people who higher armed guards? Is that not hypocrisy? People like Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnel have armed security, and yet they do not see the irony in denying individual citizens, who cannot afford to hire armed security, the ability to purchase a firearm for self defense? Just another reason to hate politicians and hollywood idiots who think it is ok to deny us important rights that allow us to protect ourselves.
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    Re: Why Do Politicians Get Armed Guards? 2nd Amendment

    Actually very few politicians get full time bodyguards. The president, vice president, speaker of the house and senate majority leader and their families get secret service. Former presidents get secret service for a while as do presidential candidates for the 4 months before the general election. Other than that federal politicians only get secret service if there is a specific reason, such as a series of particularly credible death threats. Regular senators and representatives don't. Maybe some governors do. Not really sure how states handle it.

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    Re: Why Do Politicians Get Armed Guards? 2nd Amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by stonewall50 View Post
    This is something that I am curious about. I am pretty sure about most people's answers though.

    Why do politicians get armed security? People like the President are protected around the clock obviously, but what about other government officials who frequently have armed security? Congressmen, judges, and all of that? When they speak to the public they get protection? These questions are important to ask of those officials who want more gun control. Officials who would ask to be protected by men who carry guns that most of us would need a license to purchase right now (automatic weapons).

    This does not make sense to me. Our most basic right of self defense is asked to be taken away by people who higher armed guards? Is that not hypocrisy? People like Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnel have armed security, and yet they do not see the irony in denying individual citizens, who cannot afford to hire armed security, the ability to purchase a firearm for self defense? Just another reason to hate politicians and hollywood idiots who think it is ok to deny us important rights that allow us to protect ourselves.
    For the sake of clarity, those body gaurds aren't carrying automatic weapons. It's illegal to engage an American citizen with automatic weapons fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    For the sake of clarity, those body gaurds aren't carrying automatic weapons. It's illegal to engage an American citizen with automatic weapons fire.
    Many LEOs do carry automatic weapons on protection details. MP5s and M4s are very common. Hell do you remember the video clip of Regan getting shot? The SS Agent pulled an Uzi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    Actually very few politicians get full time bodyguards. The president, vice president, speaker of the house and senate majority leader and their families get secret service. Former presidents get secret service for a while as do presidential candidates for the 4 months before the general election. Other than that federal politicians only get secret service if there is a specific reason, such as a series of particularly credible death threats. Regular senators and representatives don't. Maybe some governors do. Not really sure how states handle it.
    They have armed security in their place of work, and more often than not I would say they actually have armed security. People like Pelosi? Also I wonder how many Congressmen hire armed security for their homes? Really the point I am making is that these people have access to armed security 24/7 while we as citizens would not if the anti-gun crowd had their way. Is that fair?
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    Re: Why Do Politicians Get Armed Guards? 2nd Amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by stonewall50 View Post
    This is something that I am curious about. I am pretty sure about most people's answers though.

    Why do politicians get armed security? People like the President are protected around the clock obviously, but what about other government officials who frequently have armed security? Congressmen, judges, and all of that? When they speak to the public they get protection?
    Congressmen and judges don't have any protection other than when they are in a federal building where there are guards and guns are banned, and that protection is for everyone in the building. So your premise fails. The only protection they get is from banning guns in certain places, and it applies to everyone, so it's consistent.
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    Re: Why Do Politicians Get Armed Guards? 2nd Amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by stonewall50 View Post
    This is something that I am curious about. I am pretty sure about most people's answers though.

    Why do politicians get armed security? People like the President are protected around the clock obviously, but what about other government officials who frequently have armed security? Congressmen, judges, and all of that? When they speak to the public they get protection? These questions are important to ask of those officials who want more gun control. Officials who would ask to be protected by men who carry guns that most of us would need a license to purchase right now (automatic weapons).

    This does not make sense to me. Our most basic right of self defense is asked to be taken away by people who higher armed guards? Is that not hypocrisy? People like Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnel have armed security, and yet they do not see the irony in denying individual citizens, who cannot afford to hire armed security, the ability to purchase a firearm for self defense? Just another reason to hate politicians and hollywood idiots who think it is ok to deny us important rights that allow us to protect ourselves.
    Perhaps you should ask Gabrielle Giffords.
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    Re: Why Do Politicians Get Armed Guards? 2nd Amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by stonewall50 View Post
    This is something that I am curious about. I am pretty sure about most people's answers though.

    Why do politicians get armed security? People like the President are protected around the clock obviously, but what about other government officials who frequently have armed security? Congressmen, judges, and all of that? When they speak to the public they get protection? These questions are important to ask of those officials who want more gun control. Officials who would ask to be protected by men who carry guns that most of us would need a license to purchase right now (automatic weapons).

    This does not make sense to me. Our most basic right of self defense is asked to be taken away by people who higher armed guards? Is that not hypocrisy? People like Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnel have armed security, and yet they do not see the irony in denying individual citizens, who cannot afford to hire armed security, the ability to purchase a firearm for self defense? Just another reason to hate politicians and hollywood idiots who think it is ok to deny us important rights that allow us to protect ourselves.
    Like the 2nd post says, most politicians don't have special security details just for them. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona had no detail when she was shot in the head.

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    For the sake of clarity, those body gaurds aren't carrying automatic weapons. It's illegal to engage an American citizen with automatic weapons fire.
    I'd love for you to source that but I doubt we'd get much of a response other than the typical, I said it therefore its true like it came from the mouth of God himself. Being a military man you know that automatic fire on an M4 would not equate to an M2 or Mk19, not in terms of the caliber of the round or the potential destructive power but in terms of how much time passing between each round while being fired on fully automatic.

    So if there is such a law that states automatic weapon fire cannot be used against American citizens, then there must be a law or perhaps it part of the same law where it defines what "automatic weapons fire" exactly means. Is it 100 rounds per minute? 200? 300? 1000?

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    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    For the sake of clarity, those body gaurds aren't carrying automatic weapons. It's illegal to engage an American citizen with automatic weapons fire.
    This is the third time this week I've seen you say something completely ludicrous and clearly false. And it will be the third time you completely ignore people who point that out, I suspect.
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    Re: Why Do Politicians Get Armed Guards? 2nd Amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    Maybe some governors do. Not really sure how states handle it.
    As far as I know, sitting governors receive a protection detail from the state police. Not sure if that continues after their time in office.
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    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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